Man pleads guilty to filing false return in connection to an embezzlement

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

Wichita, Kan. -- A Wichita man pleaded guilty Monday to filing a false tax return.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 66-year-old James L. Pennington, pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false tax return. In his plea, he admitted his federal income tax return for 2006 made false claims of expenses for a consulting business.

The tax return also failed to report income from the consulting business. He has also agreed to pay $34,510 in restitution.

Pennington is a co-defendant with his son, Jason Matthew Pennington, 42, of Bel Aire, who is awaiting trial on charges of wire fraud, money laundering, bank fraud and making false statements to a financial institution. The indictment alleges Jason Pennington stole money from the trust of Marlene M. Brown after her death.

James Pennington is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 6. where he is expected to be sentenced to a year of supervised release in addition to the restitution.

U.S. Attorney Grissom commended the FBI, IRS - Criminal Investigation and Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch and Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith for their work on the case.

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